Hailed by reviewers as "a colossal musical mind" with a "transcendent technique", Jonathan Plowright is "one of the finest living pianists" according to Gramophone magazine. Gold Medalist at the Royal Academy of Music, a Fulbright Scholar, and prizewinner in many competitions, Mr. Plowright also won the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition as well as first prize at the European Piano Competition. Critics, colleagues and audiences alike have since had unanimous praise for his many national and international performances and he has been in demand all over the world as recitalist, appeared with leading orchestras and ensembles and given numerous radio broadcasts. He has a hugely successful string of recordings on the Hyperion, BIS and Warner labels all of which have been enthusiastically received with outstanding reviews in the worldwide media.
During our 2019-2020 season curated by the renowned Marc-André Hamelin, Mr. Plowright will perform many of the masters including Chopin, Brahms, and his favorite Paderewski on SAT / MAY 30. On SUN / MAY 31, Mr. Plowright brings back Brahms and adds Liszt and Schumann. He has become a well-known and highly respected advocate of neglected Polish Romantic piano repertoire ever since his first recording of a rare collection of pieces by Paderewski. The audience will hear some of these rare pieces during Mr. Plowright's Portland performances.
About Jonathan Plowright
Jonathan has enjoyed performing in some of the finest concert halls around the world, from Sydney Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall, in the luxurious surroundings of stately homes, castles and cruise ships, as well as in some rather more unusual venues - including the barrel room of a winery in California and a wild elephant game reserve in South Africa!
Also highly respected as a chamber musician, Jonathan regularly collaborates with other musicians, appearing at chamber festivals around the world. Amongst those he has performed with are fellow pianists Piers Lane, Artur Pizarro, Frederick Chiu, Leslie Howard and Kathy Stott, instrumentalists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Leonid Gorokov, the Brodsky Quartet, the Coull Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Scottish Ensemble amongst many others.
He has appeared as concerto soloist with major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert, English Chamber, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Polish Radio and Polish National, although most memorable was a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the combined forces of the United States Air Force and Red Army Bands! He has worked with notable conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Paul Daniel, Sir Neville Marriner, Gérard Korsten, Christoph Koenig, Barry Wordsworth, Lukasz Borowicz and Michal Dworzynski.
With thirteen critically acclaimed CDs, Jonathan is now well established on Hyperion Records distinguished roster of pianists. In February 2016 his 4th CD for the Romantic Piano Concerto Series was released, featuring Concertos by Ludomir Rozycki. As well as receiving an ICMA nomination, it went straight to Number 6 in the Classical Charts. His 2010 commemorative 'Hommage a Chopin' recording also reached the Top Twenty Classical Chart and attracted many accolades, including the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Diapason D'Or and CD of the Week on both ClassicFM and ABC ClassicFM. Likewise, his follow-up 'Homage to Paderewski' disc was Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week.
His first chamber music disc for the label was released in December 2012 featuring the Szymanowski Quartet in works by Polish Romantic composers, Zarebski and Zelenski, and was BBC Music Magazine Chamber Choice. In October 2015 Jonathan and the Quartet recorded a follow up CD of Polish Piano Quintets by Friedman and Rozycki which was released in September 2016. In 2017 Jonathan realized a long held ambition to record the Paderewski Piano Concerto - one of his all time favorites - when he was invited to join Lukasz Borowicz and the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus in Warsaw for Warner Classics - the resulting CD was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice in November of that year, as well as BBC Music Magazine Concerto Choice.
Jonathan is on the Keyboard Faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is often invited to give masterclasses, consultation lessons and prize adjudications at competitions and international conservatoires. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
October 5 & 6, 2019: Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian
November 16 & 17, 2019: Inon Barnatan, Israeli
January 25 & 26, 2020: Dasol Kim, Korean (PDX Debut)
March 14 & 15, 2020: Anderson & Roe, American
May 2 & 3, 2020: Imogen Cooper, British (PDX Debut)
May 30 & 31, 2020: Jonathan Plowright, British (PDX Debut)